Kiley Arroyo

Executive Director, Cultural Strategies Council, California, United States

Kiley Arroyo is the executive director of the Cultural Strategies Council (CSC), a vehicle for interdisciplinary research, strategy, and institutional development. Established in 2007, the CSC promotes the essential role of culture, critical imagination, and futures literacy in equitable development, participatory democracy, and creative systems change. The CSC works with a cross-section of partners from government, civil society, academia, and the private sector to design and oversee comprehensive strategies, in the United States and internationally, and in urban, rural, and indigenous contexts. Interdisciplinary strategies are employed across all CSC engagements as a means to advance social justice by amplifying the voice, agency, and capacity of vulnerable groups. Her work is predicated on the belief that arts, culture, and creativity are the generative basis on which societies successfully engage with complexity and develop transformative solutions. Prior to founding the CSC, Kiley served as a teaching artist, funder, strategist, and policymaker at entities including Demos, UNESCO, and McKinsey & Company. Kiley holds an MA in cultural policy and management and a BA in art history and architecture.